Drop 7: Tips & Stratergy
This is a game where it is easy to understand and play, but hard to master. Therefore I’ve listed down some tips and strategies to help you to do better in your next game. By the way, this guide will be focus on the Zynga published Drop 7 game on both Android and Market. And the tricks below work for Normal mode.
1. Get rid of the grey circles
On the end of every level, one layer of grey circles added to the screen. Get rid of all those grey circles as well as those you placed as soon as possible. Revealing the numbers do help you to plan and make your game better. On Normal difficulties, there will be grey circles that you need to drop on every level. Try to place them at strategic places, so that they can be cracked and then the number will be revealed.
2. Smaller numbered circles are not good, especially 1 & 2.
To stay alive, get rid of those 1 & 2 when you can. As you go higher and higher on the grid, the chances of making a 1 & 2 circles explode are a lot lower. When you have multiple 1s in a horizontal row, and below them are grey circles, you know you’ve almost come to the end of that game.
3. Chain reaction
You will be amazed how much scores are awarded when a chain reaction happens. The first circle(s) to explode score 7, the circle(s) in the next step of the chain score 39, then 109, 224, 391, 617, 907, 1267, 1701, 2213, etc. Having multiple circles explode at once wont award you as high a score as a continuous chain reaction. Try to map out your explosions.
So, do structure your 7×7 grid by stacking up as many circles of the same number upwards as below:
7 6 5 (anything)
7 5 (anything) 6
6 5 (anything) 7
Note that saving your circles on your board for chain reaction also means that your board will be filled with grey circles. Its a risky game, so plan out your moves and your strategy carefully.
4. Clear board = 70,000 points!
When you have only a few discs on the screen, do anything you can to try to clear the board. But it will depend on your luck, but if you do eventually clear out the board, you will get 70,000 points, which is pretty cool!
5. If you find yourself with a #1 stuck at the bottom, check the circles around it and try stacking circles with the same number on top of each other – this will eventually free the one
6. Chain Reaction strategy for the early game, Survival for the rest
In the first few levels (5-20), build up chain reactions to get as many scores as possible. And for the rest of the game, you will be in survival mode because there will be fewer circles to drop for each screen, which cause the screen to fill up really fast. The only solution is to clear out as many circles and explode grey circles as efficiently as possible.
7. Plan, think and think again before you drop your circle.
The game is not timed, so there is no point of rushing through the game if you want to earn as many scores as possible. Plan your steps and do not make any mistakes. Any mistakes like dropping the circle on the wrong slot can cost you the whole game. Take your time, plan, think and look properly before you drop the circle.
If you would like to read further, read Nick’s blog post about Drop 7. He wrote a really detailed Drop 7 guide and strategy analysis, so go check it out.